Use of blockchain technologies in the agri-food sector

Increasing sustainability of supply chains and transparency in the agri-food value chain are key objective of the European Commission’s Green Deal and the Farm to Fork Strategy.

The potential that blockchain technologies offer, has not been fully harvested by stakeholders in the agri-food sector. This concerns both, the private and the public sector in the fields of e.g. voluntary and official labelling schemes, proof of origin and ways of production as well as of smart contracts. To boost the use of blockchain applications in the agri-food sector in a tailored way and to achieve economic, environmental, and social gains, it is essential to take stock of:

  • the state of play of application of blockchain technologies in the agri-food sector, 
  • the experiences gained with blockchain applications in the agri-food sector, including opportunities as well as challenges faced by the various actors and possible barriers to further roll-out the use of blockchain technologies,
  • and of lessons, which can be learnt from other supply chains for the agri-food sector.

Several instruments at EU level are and will become available to (further) develop blockchain technologies for the agri-food sector, including the Research and Innovation Programme Horizon Europe, the Digital Europe Programme as well as Pilot projects within the framework of the European Blockchain Partnership (EBP).

Against this background, the Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT) in cooperation with the European Blockchain Observatory & Forum (EuBoF) and Directorate‑General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) is organising a webinar on the “Use of blockchain technologies in the agri-food sector”.

The webinar aims at bringing together experts in blockchain technologies with actors along the agri-food supply chain to further exploit the potential of blockchain technologies in the agri-food sector. Based on the stocktaking of the state of play of the use of blockchain applications in the sector and of lessons learnt, needs in research, innovation and development as well as in capacity building in this field will be identified and proposals for follow-up actions developed.

Register here to join the webinar and find out more!

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